Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Believe in Yourself

I was sitting here watching the Biggest Loser. The doctor said something to one of the girls, that the reason people have such a hard time starting to lose weight is because people don't believe in them. I think that it helps to have support; however in my own experience I had to take that support from others and turn it in time into support for myself. I have to say it was hard, really hard, to learn how to completely change the way that I feel about myself and the world around me.

I wish I could say that I know how it works. I think it's mostly momentum, like an avalanche, once you gain confidence or the ability to do something that you couldn't do before I had to celebrate. I can't even express the excitement I felt when I could cross my legs again. Then there was the goal to climb a climbing wall (despite my fear of heights I did it). There was the half marathon and many short races. Each time I did something I couldn't do before, it was a chance to celebrate. I kept a journal, and still have it to look at. There are still goals I would like to accomplish.

For the most part, I face my fears and do my best to put them to rest. (OK still dealing with the heights thing) Each step is toward a new day and a better me. It is the only way. It was not only about calories, food and exercise (although its a big part) but dealing with the reason I hid behind my size and my emotions.

For everyone out there trying to lose weight, You can do it. If I did it, so can you. So take my belief in you and use it until you have it in yourself. Share you victories!


The Running Knitter said...

Excellent post. Thank you!

Angie said...

You know - I'm slowly learning this. The bootcamp I told you about ... that man is awesome!! He has so many inspiring thoughts that I make sure to write them down daily, and am currently working on getting them blogged.

You are a true inspiration! I still think about that magazine you were in and am amazed at how far you've come! I have much to learn from you, so keep the posts coming! {HUGS}

Angie said...

you don't need to put this on your blog but I wanted to share a blog with you ...
I'm sure you've seen her stuff, but thought it was interesting. I'd be interested in knowing what you thought.

The Cooking Lady said...

I have recently given up meat to support my daughter and her vegetarianism, and then I just kept going. I did not think I could do it. I thought I would falter, buy some ground beef and sneak in a hamburger or two. But low and behold, I am coming up on my 2 months anniversary.

Now that may not sound like a lot to some folks, but trying doing something completely different, out of your normal routine for two months and you will see how..not so much difficult, but how much you need to rethink how you do things.

I am glad I made the change and it gets easier and easier every day. Am I where I want to be? No, but I am surely on my way and am a heck of a lot closer than I was six months ago. Yay to those who are troopers and keep going in the face of discouragement and little support. My hat is off to you folks!

Tammie said...

Great thoughts! As usual! ;)